From picking fruit to attending barnyard animals, there are farms throughout the greater peninsula area that offer visitors the opportunity to learn about ranch life, as well as buy fresh produce, cheese, jams and more. Here are 10 local farms to explore:

Webb Ranch: Just off US Highway 280 in the Portola Valley, the century-old Webb Ranch offers organic blackberry picking usually open June through July depending on the harvest, a pumpkin patch in October with kids’ activities on weekend and a Lot of Christmas trees from Thanksgiving week. The ranch also offers horseback riding camps for children ages 7 and up. Locals can find ranch produce at the Portola Valley Farmer’s Market, Bianchini Market in Portola Valley, and Sigona Market in Redwood City.

Webb Ranch, 2718 & 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley; webbranchinc.com. Check the website for the latest pick-your-own information and hours of operation.

Deer Hollow Farm: Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is also home to Deer Hollow Farm, a 150-year-old property that serves as an educational center for Midpeninsula residents and visitors. Located in Cupertino, the farm produces and sells fresh eggs and seasonal produce, and annual events include farm tours in the spring, Ohlone Day in the fall, and Deer Holloween in October. Summer camps, farm classes and volunteer opportunities are also offered. Take a self-guided tour of the farm and learn about its animals, orchard and garden supported by volunteers, and bring a picnic to eat at the tables at the north end of the property.

hollow deer farm, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission to all events is $7/person; children under 1 are free.

Hidden Villa: Hidden Villa is an educational nonprofit located on over 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Altos Hills. Visitors can meet Hidden Villa’s farm animals, explore the property’s hiking trails, and learn about sustainable food and agriculture. Make a day of it and bring a picnic. The nonprofit organization also hosts summer camps, schools, and businesses, as well as farm tours.

hidden villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Instagram: @hiddenvilla. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Open 9am-dusk Tuesday-Sunday September-May (and select weekends June-August when summer camp is not in session – see website for details). The entrance fee is $10/person.

Harley Farms: Goats, wine and cheese – what’s not to like? Drop by the Pescadero Dairy daily between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to visit the goats and donkeys over the fence, or book a tour to see the spring-born goats and other farm animals, including including peacocks and cattle. On Fridays the farm hosts a goat, cheese and wine tour where visitors tour the farm and do a wine and cheese tasting. A tasting room is also open from Friday to Sunday. Check out the Farm Shop for a wide assortment of cheeses, bath and body products, spice rubs and other specialty products.

Harley Farms, 205 North Street, Pescadero. Instagram: @harleyfarms. The tasting room and the cheese farm are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday to Sunday; dairy open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are $55 per person, tastings are $60/person. Picnic tables are available. Dogs on a leash are welcome in the pond area.

Blue House Farm: Located on over 70 acres in San Gregorio, Blue House Farm has an organic farm stand stocked with fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, jams and dried beans. U-pick strawberries opened in mid-May and continues until the end of October. As it is early in the season, ripe fruit may be more difficult to find. Stick around and have a picnic, and bring your four-legged friends – leashed dogs are allowed in the parking and picnic areas. Come back in the fall for a pumpkin patch or find farm produce at local farmers’ markets.

Blue House Farm, 950 La Honda Road, San Gregorio. Instagram: @bluehousefarm. U-pick strawberries are $6/lb and boxes are provided. No entry fees. Open from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Swanton Berry Farm: Swanton Berry Farm was founded in 1983 and became California’s first certified organic strawberry farm five years later. In 1998, the Davenport property again made history as the nation’s first unionized organic farm. Swanton has a farm stand currently open seven days a week, with offerings including an assortment of jams, pies, cakes and other desserts made almost exclusively with Swanton berries. Pick strawberries on weekends from May to October.

Swanton Berry Farm, 25 Swanton Road, Davenport. Instagram: @swantonberryfarm. U-pick strawberries are $8/lb and boxes are provided. No reservation necessary. the farm stand is currently open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closing times change seasonally.) U-pick is currently offered on Saturdays and Sundays; check the website or Instagram for opening hours.

Ranch Pie: The Pie Ranch’s farm stand sells seasonal produce and pies along with other local produce. The ranch welcomes more than 6,000 people of all ages each year through food and farming education programs, including private retreats that teach visitors about food justice and farming operations. Every third Saturday, Pie Ranch hosts a Volunteer Work Day and Meadow Dance Night with folk music played by a local string band.

Pie Ranch, 2080 Green Oaks Way, Pescadero; pieranch.org. Instagram: @pie_ranch. Dance tickets are $15-$30 (sliding scale) for ages 12 and up, $10 for ages 5-11, and free for children under 5. Farm stand open on weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Check the website or Instagram for the latest event information.

Andreotti Family Farms: The fourth-generation family farm, located near Main Street and Half Moon Bay State Beach, has been in operation since 1926 and produces winter vegetables. The family sells produce from their farm stand, and in the fall, Andreotti hosts a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and pick-your-own sunflower field. Selfies in a field of sunflowers, anyone?

Andreotti Family Farms, 329 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay. Instagram: @andreottifamilyfarms. Check their website or Instagram for opening hours.

Elkus Ranch: Through educational outings and summer and winter day camps, children can meet farm animals and learn about plants, the basics of gardening and animal husbandry. The Half Moon Bay Ranch also hosts family events, including the hugely popular Sheep to Shawl Day in June when his herd is shorn (registration for the event has already reached capacity for 2022), and preschool days. in fall and spring. Looking for a private tour? Book a small-group or family tour of up to 10 people, where visitors can feed the sheep, view the ranch’s collection of animal bones, hang out with the miniature goats and donkeys, and plant a seedling to take home. the House.

Elkus Ranch, 1500 Purisima Creek Road, Half Moon Bay. Instagram: @elkusranch. Reservations are required for all events and the ranch is not open to the public every day.

Skyline Chestnuts: In the fall, Skyline Chestnuts’ 20-acre orchard opens its pick-your-own chestnuts. The 120 trees in the La Honda orchard can produce several tons of chestnuts during the short harvest season if all the right growing conditions are met. Skyline Chestnuts is the only such farm in the Bay Area and one of the few remaining on the West Coast. The orchard has been run by the Johsens family since 2004 – the family began farming in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 1940s with a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. The Johsens also keep bees and sell the honey at the orchard.

Skyline Chestnuts, 22322 Skyline Blvd., The Honda. Check the website for information on opening in the fall.

Julia Brown writes for TheSixFifty.com, a sister publication to Palo Alto Online, covering what to eat, see, and do in Silicon Valley.